Uganda: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)

October 31, 2020
Uganda: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)

Once notorious for the tyranny of Idi Amin, immortalized in thefilm The Last King of Scotland, Uganda has, for the last twenty-sixyears or so, struggled to overcome its negative image. It haslargely been successful. Rated the best country to visit in 2012,it was one named of the best tourist destinations of 2013 byNational Geographic magazine. In addition to its game parks, hometo the Big Five, Uganda has one of the largest numbers of recordedbird species of any country. It is also the home of the famedmountain gorillas, and the mighty Nile River provides some of thebest whitewater rafting in the world. Add to this an almost perfectclimate and spectacular sightseeing, including the source of theNile, Murchison Falls, the “little Switzerland” of Kabale, thevolcanic lakes, and the Rwenzori Mountains, and one can understandwhy Winston Churchill called Uganda “the Pearl of Africa.” ButUganda not only has wildlife and natural beauty to offer—theUgandan people are what makes it different. Drawn from over fiftytribes, they make up a rich blend of traditions. You can samplethis in dance and song performances by groups such as the NdereTroup, or you can wander through the capital city, or any village,and get to know the local people, as English is widely spoken. Youwill find them sociable, warm, and hospitable. Kampala is famous asthe social capital of East Africa, the city that never sleeps,where every kind of nightlife is on offer, and Ugandans have nowbeen officially rated the happiest people in East Africa! All thisis what makes Uganda special. Inevitably there are culturalpitfalls for the unwary traveler—differences in expectations,mores, and ways of behaving. This book provides key insights intoUgandan life and offers practical tips on how best to meet theUgandan people on their own terms, vital information for touristsand businessmen alike.